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6 Couples Share Their Love For Biking And How It Has Affected Their Relationship

'Riding together keeps endorphins running in our blood and it keeps our spirits high.'
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PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) COURTESY OF ALYSSA AND CAMILLE, COURTESY OF MIXI AND JOSH
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There are many ways you can go on dates and ~bond~ with your significant other. For starters, you can have movie marathons, order in your favorite food, or binge-watch your favorite K-dramas. In fact, you guys can even try a new hobby together. Below, we got to meet six couples who talked about their love for biking, and how this shared interest has affected their relationship. Keep reading to know more.

Cye and Josh

How did you two get into biking?

Cye: Josh started in 2014. He's a fixed gear cyclist and has been biking for seven years now, while I just got into biking in July 2020, during the early days of the pandemic.

How often do you go out to ride?

C: "I ride my bike every weekend and sometimes, during weekdays when I have time in the morning before logging in for work. Josh rides his bike almost every day of the week because he uses it as his mode of transportation to and from his workplace. Whenever we are both free on weekends, we plan our bike routes ahead of time and we sometimes invite a few friends to ride with us."

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COURTESY OF CYE AND JOSH

How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

C: "We both love exploring and trying new things together. Biking has made our relationship much more exciting because we can go on adventures and travel to different places. It's fun and we don't even spend a single cent on transpo expenses! It's also how we bond together and go on dates now."

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Biking has made our relationship much more exciting because we can go on adventures and travel to different places. It's fun and we don't even spend a single cent on transpo expenses!

What are some of your most memorable rides together?

C: "One of our memorable rides together so far is our Laguna Loop ride in March 2021. It was our first long ride together, a loop surrounding the Laguna De Bay with a distance of almost 200 kilometers. 10/10 would do it again because of the ~nature~ and wonderful scenery! Another fave is our ride to Cavite in December 2020 when we delivered his homemade bread and pastries to his friends."

      Rankin and Kat

      How did you two get into biking?

      Kat: "We first biked together in December 2020. Rankin insisted on joining me as I biked around Quezon City and San Juan, delivering Christmas gifts to my bandmates. That was the first time I took my mountain bike (MTB) back out on the road. I've considered biking as one of my main sports ever since I was a kid. My dad bought me a BMX bike when I was old enough to hit our streets. I biked to UST back in college, and to PowerUp Climbing Gym to climb, work out, and hang out. In 2014, when I started as a preschool teacher in Miriam College, I would also bike to work sometimes."

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      Rankin: "I got fascinated about biking when a friend of mine made me try his fixed gear bike. Eventually, I became a member of the Cavite Fixed Gear (CVTFG), which was one of the pioneers of the fixed gear scene back in 2010. Being with the CVTFG led me to join bike competitions such as the Alleycats and Hari Ng Daang Hari, which I won. The CVTFG was one of the first bike groups to attempt to ride fixed gear bikes all the way from Cavite to Baguio, and Cavite to La Union." 

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      COURTESY OF RANKIN AND KAT

      How often do you go out to ride?

      K: "I started to bike again because of the pandemic. Aside from relieving my cabin fever, biking also helped a lot financially, because Grab fares have hiked up so much since the start of the global crisis. I wouldn't have thought of biking to work daily, but now, I bike four to five times a week from QC to McKinley Hill—which is actually 30 kilometers a day!"

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      R: "Because of the restrictions, we aren't able to go on long rides. But we still find time to do short rides whenever we go out to buy stuff, run errands, and take random pictures along the streets of Manila. Sometimes, we also go on night rides for pares in Malate." 

      How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

      K: "Riding together keeps endorphins running in our blood and it keeps our spirits high. I think making time for positive experiences with your significant other is crucial to a good relationship."

      Riding together keeps endorphins running in our blood and it keeps our spirits high.

      What are some of your most memorable rides together?

      K: "It's definitely the one when we did bike packing to Amadeo, Cavite with a few of his friends. The skies were so clear and nice on our way to the campsite and the ride home the next day was a rainy. It was my birthday and I wouldn't have spent it any other way! Lunch was spent eating pansit at a parking lot, and dinner was outside our tent where we shared a mess kit eating the adobo we brought from home. We had lukewarm beers and our bed was a rocky surface, but it was hella fun! Rankin made it extra special by surprising me with a birthday cake at the campsite."

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      Alyssa and Camille

      How did you two get into biking?

      Alyssa: "I've always been physically active, and since the pandemic started, my activities became limited. So when I started seeing people get into cycling during this time, I thought it would be a good outlet physically and mentally. I got myself a bike, and it's one of the best decisions I've made."

      How often do you go out to cycle?

      A: "When our schedules and the weather allow, we ride our bikes almost every day, especially in the morning as our workout. We'd ride up to People's Park and then back home, which is a good 12 to 13-kilometer ride—half of which are mostly uphill climbs. At least once a month, we go for longer rides along with other people whom we've also met through cycling."

      How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

      A: "Cycling has become our way of bonding and stepping off of our daily routines to go places together, and to try food and coffee shops out there. We get to see each other's different sides a little bit more and it has brought us closer, because we get to support and cheer each other when things get difficult, LOL."

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      COURTESY OF ALYSSA AND CAMILLE

      What are some of your most memorable rides together?

      A: "One of our most memorable rides together is Taal Loop. We did it with a few friends and it has by far been the ultimate test of our endurance and will to spin and somewhat live. With a 137-kilometer route, we were on the road for more than 12 hours—and on the last 12 kilometer, it rained so we got home all soaking wet."

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      C: "Another one is Alyssa's birthday last year. We went to their hometown in Quezon and rode to the beach. It was the first time we were gliding through flat terrain even if the heat was unbelievable. Overall, it was great and I got to see where she spent most of her childhood years."

      Julian and Kat

      How did you two get into biking?

      Kat: "Jul had a fixie bike since 2015. I got my first bike in July last year with Jul's encouragement when he started biking again during the pandemic. We thought it would be a convenient way for us to do errands when public transportation was unavailable during ECQ, but we ended up enjoying it so much that it evolved into a full-blown hobby. We are now into exploring farther rides outside of the city whenever possible."

      How often do you go out to cycle?

      K: There was a period earlier this year during GCQ when we could bike everyday—it felt safer since COVID-19 stats were going down. Since the numbers have been increasing lately, we only ride for errands and exercise."

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      COURTESY OF JULIAN AND KAT

      How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

      K: We learned to be much kinder to each other and to be more present in our relationship through biking. We discovered that biking can lead us to a flow and meditative state such that we're able to appreciate each other's company more, and be grateful for the little things (even the challenges) we experience during our rides. We found that we're also able to connect on a deeper level because of this shared hobby, the awesome people we meet along the way, and the supportive cycling community."

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      What are some of your most memorable rides together?

      K: "Some of our most memorable rides are the Laguna loop, Sierra Madre loop, and Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT) in Bulacan."

      Mixi and Josh

      How did you two get into biking?

      Mixi: "We both got into cycling during the pandemic. We've tried a lot of ways to exercise together—we signed up for a gym membership, we tried board skating with our close friends, but cycling is the one that stuck with us because it was the most fun. There was also that sense of adventure. Besides the physical aspect, we also thought of a way to release stress from work, personal life, and the pandemic. We thought that cycling might be a good and exciting hobby for our mental health."

      How often do you go out to cycle?

      M: "Josh does a lot of indoor cycling at home, while I cycle around the general area of my neighborhood. I only go to his house during weekends to do longer rides with him and his cousins."

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      How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

      M: "Biking has brought us closer together during the pandemic because it's one of the only few ways of spending our precious weekend hours. Obviously, we can't go out and party like we used to before, and we can't go to the malls as much and have dinner dates. It's a fun and rather safe way of "going out."

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      COURTESY OF MIXI AND JOSH
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      What are some of your most memorable rides together?

      M: "One of the most memorable rides that we ever did together was the Caliraya-Cavinti loop. It was a total of 156 kilometers with a 1,100-meter elevation and a challenging five percent climb in the middle. We actually rode out late so most of the ride was a lot hotter because of the afternoon sun which added to the 'laspag' or worn out feeling. LOL!"

      Josh: It was memorable because it was the furthest we have ever ridden together and I was hella impressed, but not shocked, that Mixi was able to lead a good portion of the ride. She was busting out speeds north of 30 kilometers per hour while I was struggling to keep up with my new mountain bike. We saw some great views of the Los Baños area, Caliraya Lake, and the Pagsanjan-Cavinti mountainous descent. By the end of it, we were so SPENT when we got back to the Nuvali area, having dealt with a challenging, long ride and the stressful traffic that came at the tail end of it. But it was all part of the adventure and we're excited to do it again when things are better! Looking forward to riding a complete 200-kilometer Caliraya-Lucban loop in the near future!"

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      Pau and Son

      How did you two get into biking?

      Pau: "I started to have an interest in cycling when I was around 13 or 14 years old because of my dad and brother. I got jealous nung napapansin kong madalas sila mag-bike every weekend kaya nag-aral na rin ako mag-bike, haha! I've tried different kinds of bikes because of them. I've tried riding a BMX, mountain bike, fixed gear bike, road bike, touring bike and now, gravel bike.

      Son: "2014 ako nag-start mag-bike gamit ang fixed gear. Nung naging full-time barber ako, natigil at nagbalik lang ulit talaga ko nung nagka-pandemic. Si Paula ay siklista talaga noon pa. Isa rin talaga yung pagba-bike kaya magkasundo kami sa maraming bagay."

      How often do you go out to cycle?

      P: "My only free time to unwind after work is every weekend. That's why I make sure na makakapag-bike talaga kami kasi 'yon na yung pinaka-bonding namin. Madalas din ako samahan ni Son papasok ng trabaho mula sa bahay nila sa General Trias, Cavite hanggang sa Makati.

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      S: "Madalas na weekend yung rides namin dahil sinasakto namin kapag day off niyaMinsan, napapasabit kami sa ride ng grupo sa Cavite (CVTFG) at kapag kami lang dalawamadalas chill ride langpuro tawanan lang kami sa ride at kulitan, haha."

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      COURTESY OF PAU AND SON

      How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

      P: "I would say napapatibay lalo ng cycling yung relasyon namin ni Son. Maraming bagay kaming napagkakasunduankung ano magandang setup at siyempre 'di mawawala ang upgrade. Ito na rin talaga naging bonding namin together maliban sa pagtulog, haha. Mas nakikilala namin ang isa't isa sa bawat adventure namin. Marami talaga akong na-experience na bago dahil matagal akong nag-road bike at almost five months pa lang ako gumagamit ng gravel bike, pero marami nang adventures na nangyariPapalit-palit na rin ako ng bike mula ng nakilala ko si Son (ex. Specialized Hardrock and Bianchi Nyala). Now, I am using a Fuji Jari."

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      Masaya mag-bike kapag may kasamapero mas lalong masaya kung mahal mo yung kasama mo mag-bike.

      S: "Masaya mag-bike kapag may kasama, pero mas lalong masaya kung mahal mo yung kasama mo mag-bike. Kahit mabagal, basta sabay niyo narating, iba ang feeling. Siguro mas lalo kaming pinagtibay ng pagba-bike namin kasi madalas doon pa kami nakakapag-kwentuhan ng seryoso. Minsan, nag-aaway din kami habang nagba-bike, haha!"

      What are some of your most memorable rides together?

      P: "One of our most memorable rides together was the Swift Campout 2021. That was my very first time to experience bike packing and camping. Back then, I've been using my FELT road bike for almost two years until I met Son. He encouraged me to switch to a gravel bike so we could ride together off road. At first, I was hesitant because I was very uncertain if I could ride a 15 to 20-kilogram bike. But now, I don't have any regrets making the switch. More adventures and rides to come!

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